GOP Cries Foul Over Obama Designer Gear

'Runway to Win' fashion sale skirting campaign finance laws, GOP says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 8, 2012 3:12 AM CST

(Newser) – President Obama's re-election campaign launched a high-fashion fundraising initiative last night to grousing from Republicans. The "Runway to Win" effort—spearheaded by Vogue editor Anna Wintour—is selling clothing and accessories by prominent designers at prices far below what their work usually sells for, making the GOP suspect campaign finance laws are being broken, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The low prices suggest "corporate money, property, and employees were improperly used in the design and production of these items without reimbursement," an RNC spokesman said. The Obama campaign says the designers "volunteered their personal time to create these great designs," and "were not underwritten with any corporate funds." At the effort's launch party last night, Scarlett Johansson offered her own response to the GOP's concerns. "They're so unfashionable," she said of the party.

Anna Wintour has spearheaded the Runway to Win effort for Obama.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
Scarlett Johansson attends Runway To Win Launch.   (hollywoodtv)
This $75 Derek Lam tote bag may break campaign finance rules, the GOP says.   (Runway to Win)
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